digEcor has appointed a heavyweight in the IFEC world to its board in the shape of Paul Margis. Margis joins as non-executive chairman and brings a 30-year track record of spearheading the IFEC industry, including 15 patents relating to innovation across IFEC hardware, software, communications and telecommunications.
Margis’ career began at Hughes Aircraft and he subsequently joined Matsushita Avionics (now Panasonic Avionics Corporation) in 1992. He quickly rose to the top of Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s executive team in various roles, including field applications engineer, director, general manager and eventually, vice president of Advanced Systems Engineering, where he led the development of AVOD and the X Series systems. In 2000, Margis was promoted to senior vice president and CTO and in 2005, he took the helm as president and CEO.
Margis also served as chairman of the board at Aeromobile, Tactel and IDAir. He was on the board of directors at ITC Global and Panasonic Avionics Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State Long Beach and completed UCLA’s Executive Management Program. Margis was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by WAEA/APEX for his long-term dedication and innovative contributions to the airline inflight entertainment and communications industry in 2010.
David Withers, chief executive of digEcor commented, “He is one of the founders of our industry and his experience and vision will be invaluable to us as we grow”.